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Ann Powers

Critic and Correspondent, NPR Music

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.

One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music, since April 2011.

Powers served as chief pop music critic at the Los Angeles Times from 2006 until she joined NPR. Prior to the Los Angeles Times, she was senior critic at Blender and senior curator at Experience Music Project. From 1997 to 2001 Powers was a pop critic at The New York Times and before that worked as a senior editor at the Village Voice. Powers began her career working as an editor and columnist at San Francisco Weekly.

Her writing extends beyond blogs, magazines and newspapers. Powers co-wrote Tori Amos: Piece By Piece, with Amos, which was published in 2005. In 1999, Power's book Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America was published. She was the editor, with Evelyn McDonnell, of the 1995 book Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Rap, and Pop and the editor of Best Music Writing 2010.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, Powers went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of California.

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New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On Nov. 27

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Molly Parden's "Kitchen Table" is featured on the latest list of new music from Nashville by Ann Powers. Jacqueline Justice/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ann Powers - New Nashville Music on World Cafe

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Megan Thee Stallion. Her debut studio full-length, Good News, tops our shortlist for the best new albums out on Nov. 20. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Nov. 20

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The rapper 2 Chainz. His long-awaited full-length, So Help Me God, is on our shortlist of the best new albums out on Nov. 13. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 13

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Bree Runway. Her debut mixtape, 2000AND4EVA, is on our shortlist of the best new albums out on Nov. 6. Lucero Glow/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 6

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Hear Joni Mitchell's Previously Unreleased Early Recordings

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NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of October

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The rapper, actor and activist Common. His latest project, A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 1, is on our shortlist of the best new albums out on Oct. 30. Durimel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 30

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Gorillaz. The virtual band's latest project, Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez, is on NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out on Oct. 23. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 23

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Black Thought. His latest, Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Able, tops our shortlist of the best albums out on Oct. 16. Joshua Woods/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 16

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Before recording Cuttin' Grass Vol. 1, Sturgill Simpson (seated at center with guitar) assembled an all-star crew of bluegrass players to help him reimagine songs selected from across his own acclaimed — and genre-defying — albums. Semi Song/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Future Islands. The band's latest release, As Long As You Are, tops our shortlist of the best new albums out on Oct. 9. Justin Flythe/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 9

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